Tissue based breast reconstruction is the most commonly used technique for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction surgery nowadays. New tissues are added to the breast area of the body to improve the look and feel of the patient’s breasts. This treatment is known as autologous tissue transfer, whereby tissues from different parts of the body are used.
The results tissue based breast reconstruction last a lifetime and provides the most natural look and feel to the body. There are several types of the tissues based on the reconstruction. The procedure duration also varies from time to time but is between 2-5 hours. The treatment is usually done after mastectomy but in some cases, to improve the look and feel of the breasts, the tissue based breast reconstruction can be done.
There is a criterion that makes you a perfect candidate for autologous tissue breast reconstruction. You are a perfect candidate for autologous tissue breast reconstruction if;
- You are not a smoker and drinker.
- You have full or partial mastectomy.
- You must have fully developed breast.
- You are in a good physical and mental health.
- You have realistic expectations with the results of the procedure.
- You have stable weight and your body mass index is not more than 30.
Autologous tissue breast reconstruction aims at achieving many goals. The treatment also aims at improving the appearance of the breast by making it proportional to the other breast. It also makes breasts appear natural, supply, and soft.
Autologous tissue breast reconstruction is a little bit different than the other breast reconstruction methods. We can divide the treatment in two main parts. In the first part of the treatment, tissue is extracted from the body of the same person (the patient). In general, liposuction technique is used to remove the tissue from the body of the patient.
Tissue can be extracted from different areas of the body. In general, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs are the donor areas for tissue extraction. Once the tissue from the body of the patient is extracted, it is then used to reconstruction the breast. This second part of the procedure is relatively longer than the first part.
Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy
Mastectomy is a treatment procedure done to remove the breast completely. In some of the mastectomy procedures; the breast with nipples is completely removed to prevent the breast cancer from spreading or it can be done to improve the cosmetic conditions of the patient. The autologous reconstruction means that the patient’s own skin is used to recreated the breasts so that the natural feel can be restored after the surgery, permanently.
The procedure is done in two days depending on the condition of the patient. The first stage, fat and skin are loosened along with the muscles from donor part of the body; the donor tissue is then tunneled to the breast area to create the new breast and the rest of the procedure is done without causing any harm to the arteries attached.
The other procedure works in a way that the fat cells are removed from the donor part of the body completely and they are then placed to the breast area to create a new breast and the arteries and veins connected to the tissue are cut and reattached under the arms.
During the tissue based breast reconstruction procedure, the surgeon examines the body condition of the patient as the treatment type is dependent upon the donor site of the body that has excessive cells such as:
- Abdomen/stomach (DIEP FLAP)
- Hips/ buttocks (GAP)
- Thighs (PAP)
- Shoulder/back region (LATISSMUS DORSI FAP)
DIEP Flap Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
In DIEP Flap tissue based breast reconstruction, the surgeon uses the excessive fat and skin from the belly to create a new breast. The procedure takes up to 8 hours and the breast feels natural. Excessive fat and skin is removed from the tummy resulting in a tummy tuck but it is not advised for women who plan on getting pregnant in near future. The treatment is also not advisable for non-smokers as well as women with circulatory problems.
GAP Flap Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
In this autologous reconstruction the surgeon uses the excessive fat on the buttocks and hips of the women to recreate the breasts. Most of the breast sizes can be increased via this treatment and it also leaves the option for women to get pregnant in the near future. The treatment can be done immediately after the mastectomy and it can take up to 12 hours. The procedure can only be done by a surgeon with expertise in micro-surgery.
PAP Flap Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
In this autologous reconstruction procedure, the surgeon uses the muscles from the thighs to recreate the breasts. The procedure takes up to 5 hours and it is considered ideal for women who have had abdominal surgery before. Women with medium to small breasts are ideal candidates and it leaves room for women to be pregnant again.
LATISSIMUS DORSI Flap Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
The LATISSIMUS DORSI is a muscle located on the back of the body just above the armpits. It can be easily relocated to the breast area and provides for a fast treatment. The treatment requires up to 6 hours and it is ideal for women with medium to small breasts. The treatment allows the woman to be pregnant afterwards and the breasts feel natural.
Pros of Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
The biggest advantage of tissue based breast reconstruction is that the patient’s own skin is used and the breast feels natural again. After the treatment, the changes can be seen shortly after and the breasts become firm, mobile and sag free. The treatment is permanent in nature and provides the best results. The breasts are free of scars and the incisions are easily healed. The tissue based breast reconstruction is available in four types so that you can easily choose the best suiting donor area accordingly. It is suitable for every breast kind and provides the natural results.
Autologous tissue breast reconstruction brings plenty of benefits to the life of the patient. The treatment is famous for reconstructing the breast with great care. It also helps the patient remove the extra deposits of tissues from different parts of the body.
Cons of Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
Tissue based breast reconstruction takes a lot of time to complete. Some of the procedures can take up to 12 hours to complete. If the procedure is done by an inexperienced surgeon, it can result in a lot of pain afterwards. Swelling and redness on the donor area is felt for a long time and it can cause problems for women with circulatory problems, in addition to being devastating for smokers. Tissue based reconstruction can eliminate the chances of getting pregnant if DIEP Flap tissue based breast reconstruction is used.
There is a need to take proper care before autologous tissue breast reconstruction. The patient needs to take prescribed medication properly. The patient should not use any medication without consulting with her doctor.
There is a need to take due care after autologous tissue breast reconstruction. The treatment involves cutting and stitching at two parts of the body. The patient has to stay at the hospital for a few days. That is why there is a need to take care of the sutures until they heal.
FAQs of Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction
- Which procedure is better? Tissue based or Implant Based Reconstruction?
Tissue based reconstruction is better as it is autologous and provides the natural feel to the breast.
- How successful is the tissue based breast reconstruction?
Tissue based breast reconstruction is the most successful breast reconstruction process available; it even leaves options for multiple surgeries.
- How long does the tissue based breast reconstruction take?
Tissue based breast reconstruction takes between 3-9 hours.
- What are alternatives of Tissue based breast reconstruction?
Breast Implants are of three types; tissue based, implant based and a mixture of implants and tissue based breast reconstruction.
What do I need to do for surgery?
You need to completely read the detail of the procedure. You might have to stay at the hospital after the surgery is over. Following the instructions of the doctor before and after the surgery is crucial if you want to get the best out of the procedure.
What can I and my family and friends expect on the day of surgery?
Your hospital will call you one day before the treatment and will tell you everything about the treatment. Your family will wait outside during the procedure. The presence of your family members is important because the hospital will contact them in case of emergency.
Can my family or friend stay with me at the hospital?
Well it depends on the hospital you are in. in general, one family member can stay at hospitals with you. You might not be able to see visitors during nights.
Tell me about the hospitalization period
Your hospitalization period depend on the nature of your surgery. You may have to stay at hospital up to one week. The hospitalization period depends on the nature of the problem and procedure. Consult your doctor if you want to know the exact hospitalization period.
The cost of the treatment not only varies from person to person, but it also varies from clinic to clinic. There are some factors that shape the cost of the treatment. If you want to know the exact cost of fat grafting breast reconstruction in Dubai, please contact Breast Surgery Clinic Dubai. Breast Surgery Clinic Dubai offers all breast treatments at a reasonable cost.
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